Natural Baking Alternatives

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Natural Baking Alternatives:

Every year, a week or two before Christmas, Grandma Royce would come over to help us make cookies. We’d make several batches, including the cinnamon cookies that she made when she was little. Once everything was done, we’d package up cookie assortments for our friends and family.

Grandma's baking ingredients:
Me and Grandma, 1974. Love those glasses!

Grandma’s cinnamon cookie recipe was pretty basic–flour, butter, sugar, eggs, cinnamon. Nothing weird or wacky there! If you look at the ingredients we bake with today, though, you’ll see high fructose corn syrup, additives, or worse.

Here’s a collection of homemade baking ingredients from top healthy living bloggers. We invite you to use these natural alternatives in your holiday baking, and keep the chemicals out of your cookies. Enjoy!


Homemade Organic Brown Sugar from Real Food Girl: Unmodified

Aluminum and Corn-Free Baking Powder from Whole New Mom

Vanilla extract from yours truly

Healthy Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk from Kitchen Stewardship

Homemade Cream Cheese from Divine Health From the Inside Out


Homemade Nutella (gluten and dairy free) from So Let’s Hang out

Homemade chocolate or carob chips from Whole New Mom

White Chocolate Chips from Whole New Mom


Homemade Marshmallows for the Clean Eater from Life Made Full

Real Deal Marshmallows from An Organic Wife

Coconut Sugar Salted Caramel from Real Food Outlaws

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Kitchen substitutions from Common Sense Homesteading

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